The Dark Side of Man: Tracing the Origins of Male Violence

The Dark Side of Man: Tracing the Origins of Male Violence

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by Michael P. Ghiglieri
     
 

Do men commit murder because they are victims of a society gone haywire? Is gang violence the product of poverty? Overcrowding? Why is rape so prevalent across cultures? And what draws men into war? In this ambitious book, Michael Ghiglieri, a biologist and protege of Jane Goodall, takes on these questions - and many others - in an attempt to unearth the roots of… See more details below

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Do men commit murder because they are victims of a society gone haywire? Is gang violence the product of poverty? Overcrowding? Why is rape so prevalent across cultures? And what draws men into war? In this ambitious book, Michael Ghiglieri, a biologist and protege of Jane Goodall, takes on these questions - and many others - in an attempt to unearth the roots of human aggression. Drawing on literally thousands of sources, from scientific journals to personal interviews, as well as his own experience as both a primatologist and a soldier, her explains why males are far more aggressive than females: male violence is largely innate, a product of millions of years of evolution. But, he warns, we are not genetic robots, forever destined to rob, rape, and kill. Ghiglieri's message is ultimately a hopeful one: by acknowledging the biological underpinnings of human nature, and then moving toward policies that are based on this understanding, we can finally hope to end the vicious cycle of violence that plagues us.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738200767
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.16(d)

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Meet the Author


Michael Ghiglierireceived his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and is currently Associate Profesor of Anthropology at the University of Northern Arizona. He is the author of East of the Mountain of the Moon: Chimpanzee Society in the African Rain Forest (Free Press, 1988), The Chimpanzees of Kibale Forest: A Field Study of Ecology and Social Structure (Columbia University Press, 1984), and Canyon (University of Arizona Press, 1992).

Table of Contents

To the Reader
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Roots1
Ch. 1Born to Be Bad?2
Ch. 2The Puppet Masters31
Ch. 3What Manner of Creature?54
Pt. 2Violence79
Ch. 4Rape80
Ch. 5Murder110
Ch. 6War156
Ch. 7Genocide205
Pt. 3The Antidote235
Ch. 8Who, Me?236
Chapter Notes259
Index311

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